SEMA 2015: Blood Type Racing Returns With Sinister Hyundai Veloster Build

Posted on 10.07.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

The SEMA train rolls on as today we get another build rendering from Hyundai.  Today we get a preview of Blood Type Racing’s return to the show.  If Blood Type Racing (BTR) sounds familiar that is probably because they were at SEMA last year with an absolutely beastly 1,000 horsepower Genesis Coupe.  This year the BTR team is building what looks like an absolutely evil Hyundai Veloster Turbo.  Its “carbon black” finish combined with the blood red racing stripes and accents make this car look like it was designed by the Empire (Star Wars reference FTW!).

Making the car look even more menacing are one-off “demon eye” red projector headlights.  A night shot of this thing would look like the stuff of nightmares!  The BTR Veloster Turbo will also have carbon fiber wide fenders at the corners which will shelter SSR Professor TF1 3-piece wheels which have a custom red finish.  The Veloster will sit on a set of BC coilovers and will have its stance dialed in by a host of Pierce Motorsports suspension components.

As with their last build, the BTR Veloster’s real story is under the hood.  Through the use of a long list of internal engine parts, a large Garrett GTX turbocharger, and a few magic spells or two the BTR Veloster will make about 500 horsepower from its 1.6 liter engine.  That kind of power in this package would definitely make this thing an absolute terror on the streets.  Can you tell there’s a theme to this post yet?

Anyhow, I am looking forward to getting up close to this build to see how many other small details come to the surface upon closer inspection.  For now you can click the thumbnail image for a larget version of the official rendering (done by Jon Sibal) and for a full spec sheet check out the press release below.

Also, let us know what you think of this build.  Do you like the sinister theme?  Or do you think this is over the top?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.

Press Release:

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Oct. 7, 2015 – Blood Type Racing Inc., the renowned Chicago-based tuner known for his extreme take on Korean vehicles, has revealed its Veloster Turbo R-Spec built for SEMA. The BTR Edition Veloster has an evil twist, designed to look as though it just switched over to the dark side. The car will be revealed at Hyundai’s SEMA press conference on November 3 at 11:30 a.m. PT, in Las Vegas.

The vehicle’s evil appearance began with a “Carbon Black” paint job, accented with a red racing stripe running from the front splitter up onto the hood. A carbon fiber wide-body kit gives the car a muscular, more aggressive stance, and front-mounted aero canards, front splitter and a rear deck spoiler provide down force at speed. Red accents on the custom SSR three-piece wheels, along with red projector “demon eye” headlamps add a final demonic touch to the vehicle’s exterior.

Using the Veloster’s 1.6-liter “Gamma” four-cylinder as a starting block, BTR added new cylinder sleeves, a high-boost turbocharger from Garrett, and custom connecting rods and pistons. With a retuned OEM ECU working in tandem with the strengthened engine internals, power output is now more than 500 horsepower, maintaining OEM drivability through use of Hyundai’s latest GDI technology. The interior has been stripped down and given the full, race-spec treatment with the addition of a four-point roll cage, Sabelt bucket seats, harnesses and steering wheel, along with audio upgrades from Rockford Fosgate and Tanabe OLED Revel gauges.

“The focus of this build was to boost the performance capabilities of the Veloster R-Spec while creating one of the angriest-looking Hyundai vehicles to chew up the pavement,” said Sam Lee, Director of Marketing, Blood Type Racing, Inc. “The engine tune on this vehicle is pushing the small-displacement motor to the edge. With a specific output of 312 horsepower/liter, we’re pushing this small displacement motor close to Formula 1 levels of performance. We’ve developed a number of internal components to help manage the power demands of this new engine, and paired with our hunkered-down suspension and aggressive exterior visuals, this Veloster is guaranteed to turn heads on the SEMA show floor.”

Follow #HyundaiSEMA to keep up to speed on all of this year’s SEMA activity.


  • Pavel’s Racing Engines (PRE) Custom Forged Pistons
  • PRE Custom Forged Connecting Rods
  • PRE Custom Sleeves
  • PRE Custom Bearings
  • PRE Custom Valve Springs
  • KMC Fabrication Custom Intake Manifold
  • Devils Own Methanol/Water Injection System
  • KMC Fabrication Custom Dump Tube
  • KMC Fabrication Custom Cat-less 3-in. Exhaust
  • Custom Front-Mount Intercooler
  • Garrett GTX3582R Dual Ball Bearing Turbo
  • KMC Fabrication Custom Sidewinder Turbo Manifold
  • Synapse Engineering Radial Blow Off Valve
  • Synapse Engineering Wastegate
  • Clutch Masters Upgraded Clutch 


  • BC Racing Coilovers
  • Pierce Motorsports Strut Tower Brace
  • Pierce Motorsports Under Body Brace
  • Pierce Motorsports Torsion Bar
  • Slotted and Dimpled Rotors
  • Performance Brake Pads
  • Upgraded Brake Lines
  • SSR Professor TF1 19×9.5-in. Wheels with Custom Red Face
  • Toyo Proxes R888 Tires
  • Tire “Toyo Tires” / “Proxes” permanent sticker


  • SoCal Garage Works Carbon Fiber Wide Body Fender Kit
  • SoCal Garage Works Carbon Fiber Front Canards
  • SoCal Garage Works Carbon Fiber Side Skirt Covers
  • SoCal Garage Works Custom Front Grill
  • APR Carbon Fiber Front Lip
  • Seibon Carbon, Carbon Fiber Hood
  • Seibon Carbon, Carbon Fiber Rear Hatch
  • Seibon Carbon, Carbon Fiber Hood Prop
  • Sequence Garage Devil’s Spoiler
  • Sequence Garage Rear Bumper Lip
  • Rally Armor Red Mud Flaps
  • BASF Carbon Black Paint
  • Genuine Hyundai Side Mirrors with Turn Indicators
  • Custom Diode Dynamics Headlights with Demon Eyes


  • Sabelt GT-130 Racing Seats
  • Sabelt Saloon 4-Point Harness
  • Sabelt SW-465 Steering Wheel
  • Pierce Motorsports 4-Point Roll Cage
  • BTR Custom Rear Seat Delete
  • BTR Custom Subwoofer Box
  • BTR Custom Trunk False Floor
  • BTR Custom Battery Trunk Relocation
  • Rockford Fosgate P3SD4-10 Shallow Subwoofers
  • Rockford Fosgate P1650 2-Way Coaxial Speakers
  • Rockford Fosgate P165-SI 2-Way Component Speakers
  • Rockford Fosgate P1000X5 Amplifier
  • Tanabe VLS OLED Boost Gauge
  • Tanabe VLS OLED Wideband AFR Gauge

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 830 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Blue Link Connected Care provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services complimentary for one year with enrollment. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling.


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Euro Hype: BMW Bringing M4 GTS To America (Gallery)

Posted on 10.07.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Its official: BMW is not playing around.  Late yesterday it was announced that not only would they be producing a GTS variant of the M4 coupe but the GTS will be sold in North America for the first time.  Those familiar with BMW know that GTS variants are nothing new.  The M3 was offered in GTS for quite some time but as I mentioned earlier, it has never been sold in America.  The closest thing we got was the M3 Lime Rock Park edition.  However that is all about to change with the new M4 GTS.

So, what makes a “GTS” a “GTS”?  There are many differences but the two main factors are more power and less weight.  The M4 GTS will have 493 horsepower which is an extra 68 horses over a standard M4 coupe.  BMW credits the power boost to a water injection system, the first ever used in a production car.  What is water injection you ask?  Well in a nutshell it works like this: water is sprayed into the intake chamber to lower the temperature of the air.  Lower air temperatures allows for more optimal spark tuning which equals more power.  By now you are probably asking  “Isn’t putting water in an engine really, really bad?”  Normally yes, but the solution here is that the water is sprayed in a very fine mist so that as soon as it absorbs the heat from the air it evaporates before it could ever become a problem.  It is a method that has been used in race cars for years and it looks like BMW is bringing this engineering trick to the streets.

The other part of the GTS equation is weight.  The M4 GTS will come in at 3,329lbs by DIN standards.  The weight varies a bit depending on where the car is sold but no matter how its sliced it will be at least 100lbs (and as much as 200lbs) lighter than a standard M4.  The weight loss is due to a diet of carbon fiber reinforced plastic in places like the hood and driveshaft.  More weight is lost in the exhaust system which features a titanium muffler and forged wheels which are unfortunately and weirdly half-painted in an “acid orange” color.

The M4 GTS comes equipped with an M coil over set up which is 3-way adjustable by the driver to suit various driving conditions.  Grip is provided by Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and power is transferred via a 7-speed DCT dual-clutch transmission, which is the only transmission offered.  That part may be a bit of a bummer to those who prefer rowing through a traditional H-pattern shifter.  Helping the GTS stop is a set of carbon-ceramic brakes.

Beyond the power, weight loss, and use of carbon the GTS has tons of other treatments, gadgets, and features to make it unique.  BMW even used OLED tech for the taillights.  The interior has all the usual suspects as well from sporty gauges, carbon fiber, and alcantara.  However the bucket seats you’ll see in the pictures likely will not make it to the U.S. versions of the car.

That reminds me; only 700 M4 GTS’ will be produced and only 300 of those are bound for America.  Which means by the time you finish reading this sentence they are probably all reserved despite the fact that the actual price hasn’t been announced yet.  Although I’d expect the GTS to come in somewhere between $75k and $80k before dealers slap on their “we’re going to take advantage of how much you want this car” mark up.

Unfortunately this means for schmoes like me the M4 GTS is out of reach.  Thus, the gallery of pictures will have to suffice.  Here is hoping that BMW brings one to the LA Auto Show so I at least get to see one up close!.  For HD resolution pics just click on any of the thumbnails in the gallery below.  For more info check out the incredibly lengthy press release below that.

Press Release:

First production road car with a Water Injection System

  • World-exclusive OLED light technology
  • Specially designed full three-way adjustable M coilover suspension
  • Intelligent lightweight body design
  • Most agile, radical and powerful M4 ever


Woodcliff Lake, N.J.: EMBARGO: October 6, 2015 6:01 pm EDT /3:01 pm PDT … BMW today announced the new 2016 BMW M4 GTS giving BMW M GmbH a new and exclusive technological masterpiece which elevates the potential of the BMW M4 Coupe to an impressive new level. With its powerful, motorsport-inspired looks and high-performance technology, the BMW M4 GTS has its sights set squarely on the race track. Thanks to an innovative water injection system helping boost power to 493 bHP and track ready chassis, this Special Edition M vehicle recorded a lap time of 7 minutes 28 seconds around the legendary Nürburgring-Nordschleife, the world’s most challenging race circuit, making a clear statement about this model’s exceptional dynamic abilities. At the same time, the sharpest BMW M4 of all can also hold its own on public roads. BMW M GmbH is launching the BMW M4 GTS in a special edition limited to 700 units worldwide, with 300 units of this high-performance Special Edition M4 available for the first time in the US market. In so doing, it is highlighting the innovative flair of the BMW M engineers in developing trailblazing M technologies on the powertrain, chassis and lightweight construction fronts.

“Special Edition models sharpen the character of the BMW M brand and embody an emotionally rich and exclusive driving experience. We’ve taken a radical route with the set-up of the BMW M4 GTS to create a sports machine for the race track that delivers top-end dynamics and inspirational performance. It allows us to demonstrate what is possible today with a road-legal car. Owners can drive their BMW M4 GTS to circuits such as Spa-Francorchamps, the Nürburgring or Laguna Seca – for clubsport events, for example – and then set lap times there that raise the bar to extremely high levels for road-legal cars.” says Frank van Meel, CEO of BMW M GmbH.

Performance boost courtesy of innovative water injection.

At the heart of each and every BMW M model is its engine. The BMW M4 GTS uses the multi-award-winning M TwinPower Turbo 6-cylinder in-line engine from the BMW M4, capable of 7,600 rpm but adds innovative water injection technology to give the 3.0-liter unit a substantial power boost. Unusually high-revving for a turbocharged engine, it offers linear power delivery over a wide engine speed range. An innovative water injection system, used for the first time in a road car, takes this 6-cylinder in-line turbocharged unit to new performance heights by relaxing the thermal constraints on power and torque. The system has already proved itself on race tracks around the world on board the BMW M4 MotoGP Safety Car, this year’s lead safety car in the world’s top motorcycle racing series.

The engine develops its maximum power of 493 bHP – an increase of 16 percent over the BMW M4 – at 6,250 rpm. Peak torque has been increased by 10 percent to 442 lb-ft, and is maintained over a very wide rev band (4,000 rpm to 5,500 rpm). It accelerates from a standstill to 60 mph in a mere 3.7 seconds, on the way to a governed top speed of 189.5 mph. Despite the significant extra power, the engine also excels on fuel efficiency, providing similar levels to those found in the BMW M4 Coupe.

Innovative water injection system.

The BMW M4 GTS is the first production road car to be fitted with a trailblazing water injection system. With this arrangement, the BMW M engineers have utilized the principle that water absorbs heat from the surrounding air when it changes phases. Water is injected as a fine spray into the intake manifold plenum chamber where it evaporates (phase change), significantly lowering the temperature of the intake air. This action reduces the final compression temperature in the combustion chamber, minimizes the risk of knock and allows the turbocharged engine to operate with higher boost pressure and advanced spark timing. The result is increased power and torque, and a substantial improvement in efficiency. Despite the extra power output, thermal stress on all performance-related components is reduced. All of these features ultimately help to diminish wear and prolong engine life.

Increased power, reduced full-throttle fuel consumption.

The benefits of water injection can be utilized in various ways, depending on engine and vehicle type. In particular the engineers have considerable latitude when deciding how to balance their priorities between increased power and fuel efficiency. If water injection is taken into account in the design of a high-performance engine right from the start, it is possible to use turbochargers with a higher boost ratio and compression ratio. At the same time, power losses due to an increase in ambient temperature (> 68° F) can be compensated by increasing the amount of water injected.

The engineering behind intake temperature.

The output of an internal combustion engine is physically limited by the operating temperature in the combustion chamber. If a given operating temperature is exceeded, this will result in uncontrolled combustion (knock), leading to power losses and, in the worst case, to severe engine damage. This is particularly relevant in the case of turbocharged engines, where the intake air is heated in the turbocharger compressor to as much as 320° F. Although intercooling can be used to cool the pressurized air, the capacity of intercooling systems is physically limited. Depending on the design and size of the system, and the aerodynamics of the vehicle, it is only possible to use an intercooler to reduce the intake air temperature by as much as 160° F before it enters the plenum chamber. This means that simply rising engine power by increasing boost pressure is not an option as it would mean exceeding the knock threshold.

This is where the BMW M division’s solution comes in: if water is injected in a fine spray mist into the intake plenum chamber, it is possible to reduce the temperature of the intake air by an additional 80° F. This further cooling of the pressurized air makes it possible to advance the spark timing closer to the optimal value. This results in a more efficient combustion process, while at the same time reducing the final combustion temperature. An additional advantage is the fact that cool air is more dense which increases the amount of oxygen in the combustion mixture and results in a higher mean combustion pressure, leading to optimized power and torque development. This efficient in-cylinder cooling system also reduces the thermal stress on a broad range of components including not only the pistons, exhaust valves and catalytic converter but also, due to the lower exhaust gas temperatures, the turbocharger.

Water injection raises the knock threshold.

Using water injection to raise the knock threshold also goes a long way towards resolving a fundamental conflict in the design of high-performance engines, caused by the fact that power output and fuel consumption are closely dependent on compression ratio. This is particularly true in the case of highly turbocharged engines like the M TwinPower Turbo 6-cylinder in-line engine. Here, a high compression ratio provides high efficiency and low fuel consumption at low and medium throttle. In the full-throttle range, however, the compression ratio is limited by the knock threshold. Water injection provides a particularly effective way of raising the knock threshold, allowing for a higher compression ratio. The end result is optimized power output over a wide operating range.

Clever practical implementation of the water injection system.

The BMW M division’s engineers opted for an arrangement of three water injectors in the intake plenum chamber where each supply water to two of the straight-6 engine’s cylinders. This solution makes for uniform water distribution and a compact system design.

An underfloor compartment in the trunk houses a 1.3 gallon water tank, the water pump, sensors and valves. The pump and all the sensors and actuators are controlled by an expanded engine management system. The pump supplies water to the injectors at a pressure of approximately 145 psi. The injection quantity can be varied depending on load, engine speed and temperature, which helps to keep water consumption to a minimum. Under hard driving on the track, the water tank might have to be topped up every time the vehicle is refueled. However under normal everyday operating conditions, the intervals are much longer. Even in highway driving, the water tank only needs topping up at every fifth refueling interval. Otherwise the system is maintenance-free, for maximum everyday practicality.

The BMW M water injection system is equipped with a sophisticated self-diagnosis system. If the water tank runs dry, or in the event of a system malfunction, appropriate measures are taken to protect the engine. Boost pressure and spark timing are adjusted, allowing the engine to continue to operate safely. Even when things are working normally, a variety of precautions are taken to keep the system fully functional. Every time the engine is switched off, all the water in the hose system is drained into the tank to prevent system components from icing up in sub-zero temperatures. The water tank is frost-proof.

Additional engine highlights.

The BMW M4 GTS turbocharged engine features a very rigid closed-deck crankcase design that makes it possible to develop higher pressure in the cylinder for improved power output. Instead of liners, the cylinder bores feature a twin-wire arc-sprayed coating, which results in a significant reduction in engine weight.

A further technical highlight is the forged and highly torsionally rigid crankshaft which, as well as providing increased torque-carrying capacity, is also lighter. The substantial reduction in rotating masses results in improved throttle response and acceleration.

On the track, the high performance capability of the BMW M4 GTS places extra demands on the engine oil supply system. In designing this system, the BMW M division has once again taken full advantage of its extensive motorsport experience. The aluminum oil sump is designed to limit the movement of the oil under the influence of strong lateral forces, while an oil suction pump and a sophisticated oil return system to the turbocharger help to maintain stable oil circulation under extreme acceleration and deceleration. Oil is supplied continuously to all engine components in all driving situations, whether in everyday driving or during a hard weekend drive at the track.

The typical BMW M exhaust system design features four tailpipes, in this case each with an 80-millimeter diameter and laser-engraved M emblem. The expected performance car engine exhaust note is provided by a carefully designed lightweight titanium rear silencer. This set-up provides a striking, emotionally charged and unmistakable BMW M sound over the entire engine speed range, minimizing exhaust back-pressure while giving precise feedback on engine load. Additionally the driver can adjust the exhaust note profile depending on which of the various preconfigured drive modes is selected.

M TwinPower Turbo technology.

The BMW M4 GTS engine’s M TwinPower Turbo package comprises two fast-responding mono-scroll turbochargers, High Precision Injection, VALVETRONIC variable valve lift control and Double-VANOS continuously variable camshaft timing. The result is smooth and efficient power delivery with extremely sharp response.

7-speed M double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic.

The BMW M Division’s 7-speed M double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic (M DCT) sets standards in terms of smooth power delivery, lightning quick up-shift gear changes, perfect rev-matching downshifts and track-ready design. In addition to automatic shifting, this highly advanced transmission also enables shifting without torque interruption, using the steering wheel shift paddles or center console mounted gear lever. Manual mode also offers a specially configured Launch Control system that provides ultra-fast acceleration off the line, with optimal gear changes for the subsequent upshifts.

Drivelogic offers a choice of three shift programs.

The Drivelogic program for the 7-speed M double-clutch transmission offers three selectable shift programs, which can be engaged using the Drivelogic button on the center console. These programs differ in terms of engagement speed and the rpm points at which the gearshifts take place. The spectrum ranges from extremely sporty to a more relaxed, yet dynamic shifting. A further M function, Stability Clutch Control, provides assistance in sporty driving situations. It automatically disengages the clutch when necessary to prevent oversteer.

Unbeatable precision and clear feedback chassis. The perfect ally for BMW M Power.

The BMW M division specializes in developing cars that combine precise steering, outstanding agility with a refined driving experience and superb traction and stability. All BMW M models – including the new BMW M4 GTS – unite excellent track capability that has been tested on the Nürburgring Nordschleife (North Loop), the most challenging racing circuit in the world, with high standards of everyday driveability. At the same time, the BMW M4 GTS’s enhanced performance and track capabilities are backed up by additional refinements on the chassis front.

Aluminum and Carbon-Fiber construction support the “Ultimate Driving Machine”.

First and foremost, an ultra-dynamic driving experience depends on a suspension system that combines low weight with high stiffness. Just like the BMW M4, the BMW M4 GTS is equipped with lightweight aluminum control arms, wheel carriers and axle subframes. On the double-joint spring-strut front axle alone, this cuts weight by more than 10 pounds compared with conventional steel components. Play-free ball joints and specially developed elastomer bearings provide optimal, direct transmission of longitudinal and transverse forces. The aluminum stiffening plate, CFRP front strut tower brace and additional bolted connections between the axle subframe and body structure all make for a stiffer front end.

At the rear, all control arms and wheel carriers on the five-link axle are of forged aluminum, which reduces the unsprung masses by more than 6 pounds compared with a conventional design. The racing-derived rigid connection between the rear axle subframe and the body, dispensing with rubber bushings, improves wheel location and tracking stability.

Specially designed full three-way M coilover suspension

The BMW M4 GTS features a three-way adjustable coilover suspension with mechanically adjustable compression and rebound settings, with precise independent adjustment of low-speed and high-speed compression. This allows the suspension to be customized to the characteristics of different tracks. Moreover, the anti-roll bars and support mounts are closely matched to the significantly increased engine power and are specifically designed for the “Ultimate Driving Machine”.

Precise engineering also extend to the steering system.

The steering system has also been adapted to the BMW M4 GTS’s track capabilities. The steering torque curve, always critical for a smooth steering feel, has been further optimized by modifications to the front suspension kinematics and the incorporation of features such as asymmetric steering support mounts and a motorsport-derived, custom-designed, milled swivel bearing. This design allows optimized axle geometry for lateral dynamics and steering torque, which again translates to enhanced driving dynamics.

The swivel bearing also allows the use of 9.5 inch wide front wheels. The higher damper clamp in conjunction with the ball joint in the front axle support mount results in substantially increased camber stiffness. It also provides faster response to lateral forces, which is already enhanced by the wider wheels. For further improved lateral grip, the BMW M engineers have retained the 19-inch front tires, while the rear axle makes use of 10.5 inch wide wheels running on 20 inch diameter tires. The front camber setting has been adapted to a minus two degree setting for increased cornering lateral forces.

Further enhanced rear-wheel drive with Active M Differential.

Other features helping to add an extra edge to the driving dynamics include the rear differential’s hollow lightweight output shafts and the Active M Differential. To optimize traction and stability, the latter uses an electronically controlled multi-plate limited-slip differential, which is adapted to the significantly enhanced performance capability of the BMW M4 GTS. The multi-plate limited-slip differential is proactively controlled with extremely high precision and speed. Its control unit is linked to the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system and takes into account accelerator pedal position, wheel speeds and vehicle yaw. All driving situations can therefore be precisely analyzed and an imminent loss of traction at one side of the vehicle is identified at a very early stage. When necessary, the system reacts with split-second speed to vary the locking action, which can be anywhere between zero and 100 percent. This prevents wheel spin on low-traction surfaces, on split-traction surfaces with a big difference in friction coefficient between the left and right rear wheels, on tight hairpin bends or during fast steering maneuvers. The optimized traction also provides superb stability in challenging conditions and allows to optimally transfer the power to the ground while accelerating out of corners.

Electronic assistance systems adjustable to personal driving style.

M Dynamic Mode (MDM), a special DSC mode, can be activated whenever drivers want an extra-sporty driving experience. Whereas DSC focuses on correcting understeer or oversteer, M Dynamic Mode allows more wheel slip for controlled drifting. This mode caters to sporty-minded drivers, although – unlike DSC OFF mode – the system still intervenes if the vehicle reaches a critical stability threshold. The DSC system and the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) have been configured to take into account the BMW M4 GTS’s increased performance and its newly developed three-way coilover suspension.

Tire development was integrated into the suspension set-up right from the start. For high-performance sports cars like the BMW M4 GTS, steering feel and precision are a particularly important priority when developing the front tires, alongside lateral stability and the transmission of braking forces, while for the rear tires the focus is on traction, lateral stability and directional stability. To meet the very highest dynamic standards, the BMW M4 GTS is equipped with low-weight, high-stiffness forged wheels running on mixed-size Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires (front: 265/35 R19; rear: 285/30 R20). The 19-inch front wheels (9.5 J x 19) improve steering precision, while the 20-inch (10.5 J x 20) rear wheels provide outstanding traction and an optimal transfer of drive power to the road. The Cup tires complement the fine-tuned suspension set-up by ensuring optimal traction and precise feedback for exceptionally agile handling.

The electromechanical steering system was also developed in-house by the BMW M division. Strong points of this specially configured steering system, which forms the key control interface between driver and vehicle, include its direct steering feel and precise feedback. To further improve driver feedback, BMW M engineers opted for no elastic section in the BMW M4 GTS steering column. The integrated Servotronic function electronically adjusts the level of power assist according to road speed, providing optimal steering characteristics at all speeds. The Servotronic button on the center console offers three different settings, each with its own specific profile: COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT+. These settings can be programmed into the M1 and M2 buttons in the M Drive menu. They can then be activated while driving by pressing the appropriate steering wheel button. In each case the level of steering assistance is adapted to the current requirements and the driver’s personal preferences.

Choice of drive settings – from moderately sporty to extremely sporty.

The characteristics of the electronic accelerator pedal can be customized using the M Driving Dynamic Control system. On the road, the settings can be configured for a more temperate sporty performance. For track use, on the other hand, priority can be given to instantaneous and explosive power delivery. It is also possible, using the M Drive menu or the DSC OFF button, to choose one of three different settings for the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system (DSC, MDM or DSC OFF), while different shift characteristics for the seven-speed M double-clutch transmission can be selected using the Drivelogic button on the center console. In this way, drivers can choose their own personal combination of drive settings, putting the accent either on the extreme sporty performance of which the BMW M4 GTS is capable or on somewhat more tempered dynamism. Via the M Drive menu, two sets of preferred personal configurations can be programmed into the M1 or M2 steering wheel buttons for instant access. The personalized settings for all the relevant systems can then be activated while driving at a single touch of the appropriate button.

Nürburgring Tested – Ultra-high performance M Carbon Ceramic Brakes.

In keeping with its outstanding performance potential, the BMW M4 GTS is equipped with lightweight, optimized, ultra-high-performance M carbon ceramic brakes, which are designed for a further enhanced track capability and longer life. The brakes are made of carbon-fiber-reinforced silicon carbide (C/SiC).

The brake discs are made up of two elements: the support body with the cooling ducts is made out of a high carbon fiber content, while the inner and outer friction layers have a high ceramic content. The brake disc hub is of compound design and made of aluminum. It is connected to the brake disc ring by radial friction bearings. This design, with the special friction layer, gives the carbon ceramic brake discs an operating life of several times that of conventional brake discs. The modified rear brake system of the BMW M4 GTS features modified specifications for an improved friction coefficient. At the same time, the front brake guards have been adapted to improve ventilation.

Visually, the M carbon ceramic brakes can be distinguished by their gold-painted 6-piston (front) or four-piston (rear) brake calipers with colored M logo. Particularly during high-performance driving on the track, they boast excellent modulation, outstanding deceleration capabilities and stable, fade-resistant performance. Being much lighter than a conventional brake system, they also contribute to the all-round reduction in unsprung masses and therefore also enhance driving dynamics.

Intelligent lightweight design

Intelligent lightweight engineering, already a vital consideration for the BMW M4, has been taken to new and even more uncompromising levels on the BMW M4 GTS. The goal was to minimize curb weight in order to give the new model outstanding driving dynamics, top-class agility and highest efficiency. Rigorous weight reduction measures include even the smallest details of the BMW M4 GTS, delivering a DIN curb weight of 3,329 pounds (ECE curb weight: 3,494 lbs). Its outstanding weight to power ratio of roughly 6.5 lbs/hp provides the perfect platform for a highly dynamic driving experience.

The low weight of the BMW M4 GTS improves not only performance but also dynamics and handling. Drivers perceive the benefits in the form of even more responsive steering, more precise cornering, shorter stopping distances and new levels of control when pushing the vehicle to its limits.

High-tech carbon construction reduces weight.

Like the BMW M4 Coupe, the BMW M4 GTS has a carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof that is more than 13 pounds lighter than a corresponding metal roof. Lightweight, robust CFRP is also used for the hood, which is approximately 25 percent lighter than its aluminum counterpart on the BMW M4. Both of these lightweight components play an important role in lowering the center of gravity (CG) and improving axle load distribution. In the BMW M4 GTS, BMW reaps the benefits of its many years’ experience in high-tech carbon construction. The use of CFRP continues under the skin as well, for example in components such as the instrument panel support.

The contoured roof line with the typical center channel carries over into the trunk lid, emphasizing the very sporty personality of the BMW M4 GTS. The geometry of the trunk lid, which is made of CFRP and plastic, is precisely designed to optimize the rear aerodynamics and to help direct air to the lightweight CFRP rear spoiler. The spoiler is attached to the trunk lid by two CNC-milled aluminum supports, each consisting of an intricate strut arrangement that optimally combines high stiffness with very low weight.

Lightweight exposed carbon fiber is also on display in the adjustable splitter underneath the BMW M4 GTS’s front apron and in the rear apron diffuser. Exterior lightweight design measures continue with the exclusive forged, machine-polished, low-weight BMW M star-spoke wheels in Acid Orange and the M carbon ceramic brakes, both of which not only cut down on overall weight but also significantly reduce unsprung masses. The M engineers have also extended their uncompromising focus on lightweight engineering to the sports exhaust system, which features a titanium rear silencer. The BMW M4 GTS’s sports exhaust system produces an authentic racing engine note while providing a 20 percent weight reduction when compared to a stainless steel component.

Extensive weight reduction continues under the skin.

Needless to say, lightweight engineering is not just confined to the visible areas of the body. For example, the BMW M4 GTS’s single-piece driveshaft is made of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP), which is even lighter than the corresponding component in the BMW M4. The low mass and high stiffness of the CFRP means that the driveshaft can be produced as a single-piece component, without a center bearing. This achieves weight savings of 40 percent over a conventional component, with a simultaneous reduction in rotating masses. This in turn results in improved powertrain dynamics and better response.

All weight-saving measures are designed with an eye to improved driving dynamics. A good example is the CFRP strut brace in the engine compartment. Weighing a little over 3 pounds, it offers superior stiffness to a comparable aluminum component. At the same time it plays a key part in ensuring eager turn-in and excellent steering precision.

Authentic racing feel in the interior.

The many lightweight features in the interior of the BMW M4 GTS don’t just save weight, they also exude an authentic racing feel. This Special Edition vehicle is fitted with different bucket-style M sports seats in Alcantara (including lightweight backrests with cut-outs). In between the seats, the BMW M4 GTS boasts a new, asymmetrically styled lightweight center console that shaves around 30 percent off the weight of the corresponding component in the BMW M4 Coupe.

A further weight-saving measure is the deletion of the rear seats. This area is now trimmed in glass-fiber-reinforced plastic (GFRP), with a carbon sandwich bulkhead to the rear. Both of these elements are designed for reduced weight, a lower center of gravity and maximum stiffness. The across-the-board lightweight engineering approach also extends to the door panel trim and rear side panel trim with modified design geometry and special lightweight construction based on renewable natural materials. Conventional door handles are replaced by door release pull loops, while Alcantara trim makes an appearance only on the armrests. The weight of the door panel trim has been reduced in half compared with standard components.

Three-dimensional front-end design.

Viewed from the front, the visual features that stand out the most are its muscular contours and the prominent three-dimensionality of its lines, which lend it a particularly expressive face. Characteristic design elements, such as a cutting-edge design take on the familiar twin circular headlamps with LED technology, the eye-catching front grille with M double bars in black and the powerfully sculpted front apron with its trio of large air intakes, dedicated to cooling the high-performance engine and brakes, immediately set it apart as the work of BMW M and spotlight its even more sportier pretensions. Needless to say, the BMW M4 GTS also features the striking M exterior mirrors in twin-stalk style and hallmark powerdome on the hood. The carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) hood is painted in body color and features a large air outlet. Thanks to the use of CFRP, the hood weighs 25 percent less than an aluminum equivalent, which helps both to lower the car’s center of gravity and further improve the balance of weight between the front and rear axle. The air outlet on the hood optimizes the airflow and reduces lift at the front axle. The front end’s weight-minimized splitter is made from lightweight exposed carbon fiber, has a contrasting stripe in bright Acid Orange running along its leading edge and can be set in two positions for road or track. The splitter divides the surging air, channeling part of it deliberately under the car to optimize aerodynamics. Here, the airflow is accelerated on its way to the carbon-fiber diffuser at the rear.

Low-slung silhouette, dynamic lines.

The flanks of the BMW M4 GTS pick up the dynamic verve of its front end and extend it rearwards. Hallmark BMW proportions – long hood, long wheelbase, set-back greenhouse, short overhangs – are emphasized by M design elements. Muscular wheel arches and dramatic surfacing translate the dynamic potential of the BMW M4 GTS into tangible form. This potential is accentuated by the M gills – in high-gloss black like the kidney grille surround – which fulfills both a stylistic and functional role. The gills house Air Breathers, which team up with Air Curtains in the front apron to optimize airflow through the wheel arches and enhance aerodynamics in the process.

The combination of a dark-colored, clear-coated CFRP roof and contoured roofline gives the BMW M4 GTS a hunkered-down look, with the cant rails painted in body color perceived as the car’s highest point. The flowing roofline lends an extra touch of elegance to the ultra-sporty appearance of the BMW M4 GTS. The large, forged M light-alloy wheels, featuring distinctive star-spoke design in Acid Orange and polished surfacing, appear to fill the wheel arches even more completely and give the BMW M4 GTS a compact, powerful appearance. The car’s lines pick up speed again as they stream rearwards, accentuate the body’s aerodynamic flow and, at the same time, add muscle to the rear end.

Rear wing and diffuser made from lightweight CFRP.

The back end of the BMW M4 GTS can be distinguished clearly from that of the BMW M4 Coupe. On the trunk lid, for example, an adjustable carbon-fiber rear wing resting on intricate, CNC-machined aluminum struts provides a head-turning design feature. The rear wing can be adjusted through three positions – one for road driving and two others that can be selected according to individual preference on the track. Identifying features of the BMW M4 include the flared rear wheel arches which, together with the car’s wide track, underline its confident appearance. The double-chamber exhaust system, with its two pairs of tailpipes, is another signature BMW M feature. Here, the titanium tailpipes – with their 80-millimeter diameter and laser-engraved M logo – are another reference to the standalone character of the BMW M4 GTS. They are framed by a clearly structured rear apron and flank the exposed carbon-fiber diffuser. The diffuser forms a single aerodynamic unit with the rear wing and front splitter, which is likewise made from carbon fiber. They work together to optimize airflow and, in so doing, improve downforce and roadholding.

The trunk lid of the BMW M4 GTS also performs an integral aerodynamic role. Its specifically contoured lines channel the air at the rear of the car and improve airflow to the rear wing. In this way, the pair of lines spawned by the powerdome on the hood and extending over the CFRP roof in clearly defined contours reach their journey’s end at the trunk lid.

World premiere for OLED rear lights.

The rear lights of the BMW M4 GTS are the first of any series-produced vehicle to feature BMW Organic Light with OLED technology. OLEDs (organic light-emitting diodes) generate their light using wafer-thin layers of semi-conducting organic materials. Unlike LEDs, which emit their light in the form of points, OLEDs light up over their full surface with a homogeneous effect. Their flat design (they measure just 1.4 millimeters in height) and the ability to trigger individual light modules separately open up fresh possibilities for a characteristic and distinctive BMW lighting design – both at night and daylight.

Pure-bred, exclusive interior offers flawless ergonomics.

The M sports steering wheel, likewise covered in exclusive, anthracite-colored Alcantara, represents a clear nod to motor racing and is exceptionally grippy. A perforated stripe in contrasting Acid Orange at the “12 o’clock” position on the wheel marks the steering’s central positon, which comes in handy when the driver is pushing hard on the track. The Alcantara-covered interior trim strip has a perforated GTS badge with Acid Orange highlighting. The new center console of the BMW M4 GTS is asymmetric in design and lightweight in construction. Like the handbrake lever gaiter, it is covered in anthracite-colored Alcantara with edging adorned with dark grey contrast stitching.

The interior door panels and rear side panels also include lightweight design elements produced specially for the BMW M4 GTS. These display a new, purist geometry and are made from renewable raw materials. For example, the handles normally found on the inside of the doors are replaced here by pull loops which, like the seat belts, also come in black and feature longitudinal stripes in the signature M colors. Together with the Alcantara covering used for the armrests only, the door trim deepens the stripped-back and purpose-driven character of the interior. The omission of a rear seat bench takes this approach to another new level. The rear seat surfaces are replaced by an innovative glass-fiber-reinforced plastic (GFRP) shelf, combined with a rear panel made in a carbon-fiber sandwich construction. Lowering the car’s weight and center of gravity, while also ensuring unbeatable rigidity, once again took priority here.

A central feature of the interior is the roll bar, which is made from high-strength steels and mounted behind the front seats. Its Acid Orange paint finish provides another color accent, and its influence is not confined to the interior; visible from the outside, it also helps shape the overall perception of the BMW M4 GTS and signals the car’s sense of purpose and racing intent.

A fire extinguisher containing two kilograms of extinguishing agent is another safety feature of the interior. It is fitted centrally behind the front seats within easy reach of both driver and passenger.

Wide range of carefully selected standard equipment.

The BMW M4 GTS underlines its impressive dynamic caliber with a range of specifically selected and exclusive equipment fitted at the factory. As well as the high-quality Alcantara/Merino leather interior trim, this includes the BMW Navigation system, air conditioning, Adaptive LED Headlights, Park Distance Control (PDC) front and rear, automatically dimming rear-view and exterior mirrors and BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line trim. A selection of signature BMW M equipment features such as M door sill finishers, an M footrest, an M gearshift lever, M-specific circular instruments with white graphics, an M sports steering wheel with Alcantara covering and a central position marker in Acid Orange, plus electroplated-look gearshift paddles, round off the overall package. Four color shades are available for the exterior paintwork. Customers can also choose from Sapphire Black metallic, Mineral Grey metallic, Alpine White and Frozen Dark Grey Metallic paint finish.


The new BMW M4 GTS.

Technical Specifications.


    BMW M4 GTS  
No of doors/seats 2/2
Length/width/height (unladen) mm 4698/1870/1383
Wheelbase mm 2812
Track, front/rear mm 1596/1604
Ground clearance mm 108
Turning circle m 12.2
Fuel tank capacity app ltr 60
Cooling system incl heater ltr 10.0
Engine oil1) ltr 7.0
Weight, unladen, to DIN/EU kg 1510/1585
Max load to DIN kg 390
Max permissible weight kg 1900
Max axle load, front/rear kg 975/1000
Max trailer load,

Braked (12%)/unbraked

kg —/—
Max roofload/max towbar download kg —/—
Luggage comp capacity ltr 445
Air resistance2 cd x A 0.34 x 2.25
Power Unit
Config/No of cyls/valves In-line/6/4
Engine technology M TwinPower Turbo technology: two MonoScroll turbochargers,

High Precision Injection, VALVETRONIC fully variable valve lift control, Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing, Water Injection

Effective capacity cc 2979
Stroke/bore mm 89.6/84.0
Compression ratio :1 10.2
Fuel min. RON 95
Max output bHP 493
at rpm 6250
Max torque lb-ft 442
at rpm 4000–5500
Electrical System
Battery/installation Ah/– 69/Luggage compartment
Alternator A/W 209/2926
Driving Dynamics and Safety
Suspension, front Three-way M coilover suspension with aluminum double-joint spring-strut axle and M-specific elastokinematics
Suspension, rear Three-way M coilover suspension with five-link axle in lightweight construction
Brakes, front M carbon ceramic disc brakes vented with 6-piston fixed callipers
Brakes, rear M carbon ceramic disc brakes vented with four-piston fixed callipers
Driving stability systems Standard: DSC incl ABS and M Dynamic Mode, CBC (Cornering Brake Control), DBC (Dynamic Brake Control), Dry Braking function, Fading Compensation, Start-Off Assistant, Active M Differential linked to Integrated Chassis Management (ICM)
Safety equipment Standard: airbags for driver and front passenger, side airbags for driver and front passenger, head airbags for front seats, three-point inertia-reel seatbelts on all seats with belt latch tensioner and belt force limiter
Steering Electric Power Steering (EPS) with M-specific Servotronic function
Steering ratio, overall :1 15.0
Tyres, front/rear 265/35 ZR19 98Y

285/30 ZR20 99Y

Rims, front/rear 9.5J x 19 Light Alloy

10.5J x 20 Light Alloy


    BMW M4 GTS  
Type of transmission Seven-speed M double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic
Gear ratios                          I :1 4.806
                                                II :1 2.593
                                                III :1 1.701
                                                IV :1 1.277
                                                V :1 1.000
                                                VI :1 0.844
                                                VII :1 0.671
                                                R :1 4.172
Final drive :1 3.462
Output per litre bHP/ltr 165.5
Acceleration           0–60 mph sec 3.7
Top speed mph 189.5
BMW EfficientDynamics
BMW EfficientDynamics standard features Brake Energy Regeneration, electromechanical power steering, Automatic Start/Stop function, Optimum Gearshift Indicator in manual mode, intelligent lightweight construction, on-demand operation of ancillary units, map-regulated oil pump, Li-ion battery, differential with optimised warm-up behaviour, aerodynamics (Air Curtains, Air Breathers, underside panelling, front spoiler, rear wing with gurney flap)

Specifications apply to ACEA markets/data relevant to homologation apply in part only to Germany (weight)


1) Oil change

2) Provisional data

3) Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions depend on the selected tyre format


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Hype: Scion Teases New Concept To Debut At LA Auto Show. We Know Exactly What It Isn’t.

Posted on 10.06.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


While normally this is the time that OEMs reveal teaser images for their SEMA builds, Scion is getting a Jump on the Auto Show season by revealing a teaser image of a new concept car that will make its debut at the 2015 LA Auto Show.  As you may remember a few years ago Scion revealed the concept that eventually turned into the new iA and iM production cars and Scion has promised that it would be releasing several new cars over the next few years so this announcement is not much of a surprise.

However the mystery is what the heck this thing will end up looking like and ultimately becoming.  I personally have no idea.  But, I think I know what not to expect.  Here is my short list of what this concept probably isn’t:

  • It probably isn’t the future replacement for the FR-S.  The FR-S is still selling like hot cakes as is.  No need to refresh it yet.
  • It probably isn’t another hatch back.  Scion just released the iM which fills the hatch back slot in their line up.
  • It is definitely not a time-machine.  Only Delorean’s can do that remember?

OK, OK its easy to play it safe by guessing what I think this concept wont be so I will man up and make a few guesses at what it could be:

  • It could be a cross-over SUV.  Its something that Scion hasn’t done yet and would be appealing to their target audience, the “urban” individual.
  • It could be a new front-wheel drive coupe.  The Scion tC is pretty long in the tooth at this point.  This is a good time to replace it with something new.
  • It could be a plug-in hybrid or full electric car.  Because, why not?

Obviously everything I’ve guessed on both sides could be totally wrong but speculation is fun!  The world will find out with certainty what this concept really is once it gets closer to its debut at the LA Auto Show this year.  Actually it will probably be before that during the obligatory before the “fill in the blank” auto show internet leak/reveal” period that happens before every major show.


Ether way, as soon as I know what it is I will let you guys know.  In the meantime you can click the thumbnail for a larger version of the teaser image and/or you could read the incredibly short and vague press release below to see if you can CSI any hidden details.

What do you think this new Scion concept will ultimately end up being?  Let us know in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.

Press Release:

Third New Vehicle for Scion’s Youth Brand

TORRANCE, Calif. (Oct. 6, 2015) – Following the recent introduction of the Scion iM 5-door hatchback and the sporty Scion iA sedan, the youth division of Toyota is preparing to further expand its lineup with a third all-new vehicle, beginning in 2017. The world debut of the next Scion concept will take place at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Nov. 18-19, 2015.

About Scion

Scion continues to be the test laboratory division for Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. From its start in 2003, Scion’s goal was to offer products and processes that stand apart from the crowd. Scion offers distinctive vehicles that reflect owners’ passions with a model line-up that includes the all-new iM five-door hatchback, the all-new iA sports sedan, the iconic xB urban utility vehicle, the tC sports coupe, and the FR-S rear-wheel drive sports car. Scion also appeals to a youthful audience by offering a simple, no-haggle buying experience and by engaging with potential customers in meaningful and creative ways. For more information, visit



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Hype: Mitsubishi Bids Farewell To The Lancer Evo With “Final Edition”

Posted on 10.05.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

If you’re an 80s kid like me then that means you were around in the early 90s when DC Comics decided to kill Superman.  I wasn’t into comic books back then but I was still pretty sad about it.  I mean it was Superman right?  He is an icon, a legend who has fought many battles and nearly always come out on top.  When I heard that Mitsubishi is ending production on the Lancer Evolution those feelings were brought back.  Another iconic superhero is being killed off.  However, Mitsubishi knows that the Evo means as much to the fans as it does to them so in order to give their rally fighting legend a proper send off they are releasing a special “Final Edition.”

This limited edition Lancer Evo is a mix of features and items from both the GSR and MR although it is mostly based off the GSR trim.  The engine output is boosted to 303HP which is a bit higher than the GSR and a 5ft-lbs of torque increase.  The suspension is upgraded to Bilstein shocks with Eibach springs all around.  The two front wheels get the big Brembo brake package normally reserved for the MR and at the corners are dark chrome finished Enkei wheels.  The middle of the front bumper, hood scoop, and other accents have been finished in gloss black to add contrast to either of the 4 available colors: new Pearl White, Rally Red, Mercury Gray, and Octane Blue.

Interior mods include a numbered plaque (only 1,600 models will be produced), black leather, and red stitching accents.  For a “Final Edition” I was hoping they would go a bit more free and loose with the performance numbers.  Perhaps something closer to the 430+ horsepower concept they showed off in Tokyo a while back.  But all things considered this model is a decent farewell.

Oh, and remember how I mentioned the death of Superman earlier?  Well, obviously Superman didn’t stay dead.  Here is hoping the same will be true for the Evo…

For more info about the Final Edition Lancer Evolution check out the press release below.  For pictures just click on any of the thumbnails you see for larger versions.  Finally, how do you feel about this?  Are you sad that the Lancer Evo is going away? Or do you think that the Evo should have been killed off long ago?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.


Press Release:

  • The Final Edition is based off the current GSR model featuring new enhancements and increases to horsepower and torque

  • Only 1,600 units will be sold in the U.S. market, each marked by a numbered plaque


October 05, 2015 — CYPRESS, Calif. — Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) today announced the details of the limited-production 2015 Lancer Evolution Final Edition. Arguably the originator of the four-door sports car genre, the Lancer Evolution has seen ten generations – three of which were sold in the U.S. over 12 years. To send it off in style, Mitsubishi Motors will offer 1,600 numbered Final Edition models to the U.S. market with a MSRP of $37,995.

The Lancer Evolution Final Edition is based off the current GSR model, with exterior and interior enhancements not previously offered on the GSR. The heart of the Final Edition is a 5-speed transmission paired with a turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder 2.0L engine, producing 303 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 305 lb-ft torque at 4,000 rpm. Performance is further enhanced by use of lightweight two-piece Brembo® brake rotors up front, accompanied by Bilstein shock absorbers and Eibach springs at all four corners. As with all 2015 Lancer Evolutions, the Final Edition model features Mitsubishi’s innovative and unmatched Super All-Wheel control system.

The Final Edition model receives exterior upgrades including a Final Edition badge in the rear, black painted aluminum roof, dark chrome painted Enkei® alloy wheels, gloss black center bumper and hood air outlet and dark chrome front grille surround. Final Edition models will be offered in four colors: new Pearl White, Rally Red, Mercury Gray and Octane Blue.

Inside, a numbered plaque on the center console denotes each of the 1,600 units created. In addition, Final Edition models receive a black headliner, pillars, sun visors and assist handles, and red accent stitching for sport seats, steering wheel, shift knob, console lid, floormats and e-brake handle.

“With its incredible combination of power, agility and Super All-Wheel Control, the Lancer Evolution is one of the most well-known sports sedans and is revered by ‘gearheads’ around the globe,” said MMNA executive vice president, Don Swearingen. “The Final Edition model pays homage to Evo’s remarkable place in automotive history and takes it one step further as the most powerful mass-production Lancer Evolution ever built.”

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Hype: A Brand New 2016 Mazda MX-5 Global Cup Car Can Be Yours For Just $53k

Posted on 10.01.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

Mazda prides themselves on their involvement in motorsports.  As their popular tagline says: “there are more Mazda’s raced every weekend than any other brand.”  One of the main reasons for that is because Mazda tends to make participation in motorsports relatively inexpensive.  This was further proven today when it was announced that potential racers can have the brand new, ready to go 2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup for only $53,000.  Now when Mazda says “ready to go” they mean it.  The car will come with everything needed to run an MX-5 Cup race.  The only thing the owner needs to worry about is transportation and entry fees but other than that the car needs nothing.

If you think $53,000 is a lot consider that this is the first time Mazda has sold complete race cars and if one was looking to build a Cup Car from the previous gen MX-5 they would likely end up spending anywhere from $65-70k.  This makes the new cup car a massive bargain!

That is pretty awesome for those who are looking to make their way into the MX-5 Cup Series or any other type of racing in which the Cup Car is allowed to run.  Obviously costs associated with running in a series will vary depending on how a racer goes about it.  According to Mazdaspeed Motorsports, a typical race weekend (which includes fuel, tires, fuel for a tow vehicle, hotel, food, entry fees, practice, etc.) runs about $7,000.  Again generally speaking that is a lot of money but relative to other series that isn’t too bad.

Either way, the barrier to entry when it comes to MX-5 cup racing just got a lot lower.  If you want to get yourself a race car Mazdaspeed Motorsports officially starts taking orders today on their website and deliveries are slated to begin before the end of the year.

For more info scroll below for the official press release.

Press Release:

Mazda Announces Global MX-5 Cup Race Car Pricing

– Initial Orders Being Accepted for the $53,000 Ready-to-Race 2016 MX-5 Miata –

IRVINE, Calif. (October 1, 2015) – The Mazda MX-5 Miata is the most road-raced production car in the world. The reason is simple – great performance at an affordable price. The new Global Mazda MX-5 Cup race car follows that formula, and will be Mazda Motorsports’ first-ever ready-to-race MX-5 Miata. The new race car will be available at the special introductory price of $53,000. The race car ordering process begins on with first deliveries scheduled to begin later this year.

Having a turnkey, ready-to-race car removes the effort of engineering and costs of fabrication, enabling the racer to focus on racing. All racers can purchase identically-built race cars so that driving talent will be the number one determining factor for on-track performance, rather than budget, engineering capability or fabrication skills. Production of the MX-5 Cup race cars starts with a street cars that receives motorsports specific modifications for race track safety and performance. The MX-5 Cup is an entry-level professional series, and is a part of the Mazda Road to 24, which helps promote racers up the ladder to the top levels of sports car racing.

“For the past decade, the third-generation sports car has been competing in our own MX-5 Cup series, and has been the ideal platform to showcase driving talent in a competitive environment on high-profile race weekends,” said John Doonan, director of motorsports, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). “With the launch of the fourth-generation MX-5, we are raising the bar by making it even easier for aspiring professional road racers to get involved. We expect to sell out the first batch of cars rapidly.”

The MX-5 Cup series champion earns a $200,000 scholarship to move to a higher level series with Mazda the following year. Additionally, the 2016 Global MX-5 Cup series will culminate with a global finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif. with entrants from around the world to crown a global champion. A one-day test in Mazda’s top-level IMSA Weathertech SportsCar Championship SKYACTIV prototype race car will top the list of prizes bestowed on the global champion.

The MX-5 Cup race car has been jointly developed by Mazda Motorsports and Long Road Racing in Statesville, NC. Long Road Racing will exclusively build the left-hand drive MX-5 Cup race car The team has evaluated key racing components and will announce several strategic component partners at a later date. Mazda factory race driver Tom Long has led the testing, along with fellow Mazda factory race driver Andrew Carbonell and Kenton Koch, the 2014 Battery Tender MX-5 Cup champion and 2015 Cooper Tires Prototype Lites powered by Mazda champion. Tom Long has won races in all previous MX-5 generations, including the championship in the MAZDASPEED Miata Cup, and currently co-drives the Mazda SKYACTIV Prototype in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

Priority to purchase the new car will be given to current competitors in the Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires, and others who intend to compete in the 2016 Global Mazda MX-5 Cup. MX-5 Cup cars built by Long Road Racing will be eligible to compete in club racing with the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and National Auto Sport Association (NASA) as well as many track-day clubs.

Details for the ordering process, including financing options, are available at, via our social media outlets: @MazdaRacing (Twitter), @GlobalMX5Cup (Twitter) and MazdaMotorsports on Facebook.

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at

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SEMA 2015: ARK Performance Reveals Their Genesis Coupe Build Rendering

Posted on 09.30.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

SEMA is coming up so it is about that time of year when we start to see renderings of all the marquee builds that will make their debuts at the show.  Today the official rendering for Hyundai tuner ARK Performance’s Genesis coupe was released.  At first glance it looks a bit more subdued from what they did last year.  Their new ARK “Solus” body kit seems to be a bit of a throwback of how widebody kits used to be done.  While the front of the car still looks pretty aggressive in the front, the wide fenders are a bit more subtle and they seem to be bucking the trend of exposed rivets in their widebody treatment.

Speaking of fenders, they will be filled out with a set of ARK forged wheels wrapped with Nitto NT05 tires and the car will rest on an ARK Performance DT-P coilover kit.  To make power ARK will strengthen Hyundai’s V6 “Lambda” engine by stroking it to 4.0 liter displacement, stuffing it with forged JE piston heads with Brian Crower rods and crank.  They then will bolt on a Rotrex supercharger to hit a goal of 500HP.

This build will also see a complete interior treatment with a host of ARK Performance gauges and other goodies a long with materials like leather, carbon fiber, and alcantara.  I am looking forward to seeing how it all turns out!  For a full spec sheet check out the press release below.  For a better look at the rendering done by Jon Sibal click the thumbnail below for a HD resolution version.  In the meantime let us know what you think of ARK Performance’s SEMA build.  Love it? Hate it?  Tell us your thoughts in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.

SEMA ARK Performance Genesis Coupe

Press Release:

Seventh Consecutive SEMA Vehicle Blends Premium and Performance

Sponsorship Provided by Hyundai Car Care Express and Quaker State

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Sept. 30, 2015 – Leveraging its long-standing relationship with Hyundai Motor America, ARK Performance has released details on its race-inspired Solus Genesis Coupe, blending performance and luxury to take on vehicles like the BMW M4 and Lexus RC F. The vehicle will be revealed at Hyundai’s SEMA press conference on November 3 at 11:30 a.m. PT.

For the tuner’s seventh consecutive vehicle built for SEMA, ARK added performance and luxury in tandem, creating a premium coupe that can go toe-to-toe with top rivals from around the world. Building on the success of last year’s AR550 Genesis Sedan, the vehicle’s design focuses on creating a wider visual look to give a more powerful stance using ARK’s own “Solus” wide body kit. The interior also has been given a complete makeover with a redesigned dashboard, race-bred steering wheel and gauges, with ample carbon fiber.

The Solus Genesis Coupe is sponsored by Quaker State and Hyundai Assurance Car Care Express, with more than 300 service centers nationally. Car Care Express provides customers with quick oil changes, tire rotation and other basic services in less than an hour. Hyundai also recommends Quaker State for its dealer network and, it is the factory fill motor oil for Hyundai vehicles as they roll off the assembly line.

“The Genesis Coupe is the perfect platform for developing our performance product lineup,” said Kevin Bentley, Marketing and Sales Manager, ARK Performance, Inc. “Hyundai’s 3.8-liter engine is strong enough to handle all the extra power we’re now developing, and the chassis is well balanced and easy to modify, allowing us to create this lowered, aggressive stance while maintaining that clean look we’re going for.”

Hyundai’s 3.8-liter “Lambda” V6 engine is stroked to 4.0 liters for a powerful start to the build. With the addition of a Rotrex supercharger and strengthened engine internals, the vehicle now develops more than 500 horsepower, sending that power to the rear wheels – now sporting sticky, Nitto rubber – through a 6-speed manual transmission. The addition of an ARK Legato trunk spoiler and APR Performance carbon fiber front splitter round out the vehicle’s aggressive, race-bred appearance.

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  • Brian Crower 4.0L Stroker Kit (Built by ARK Performance)
  • JE Pistons
  • Brian Crower Rods
  • Brian Crower Crank

Custom Rotrex Supercharger System (Built by ARK Performance)AEM Water/Methanol Injection Kit

  • VP Racing M1 Methanol

Cometic MLS Head GasketsPRE Custom ARP Head StudsARK Performance Coated HeadersARK Performance Downpipes with Test PipesARK Performance Thermal Coated GRiP Catback Exhaust System with Burnt TipsSynapse Engineering Radial Blow Off ValveLap3 Korea Custom ECU Tuning


  • ARK Forged Wheels
  • Nitto NT05 Tires
  • ARK Performance DT-P Coilover Suspension Kit
  • ARK Performance Strut Tower Brace


  • Ad’ro/ARK “Solus” Wide Body Kit
    • Front Bumper and Front Bumper Extensions
    • Front Wide Fenders
    • Hood
    • Side Skirts
    • Rear Over Fenders
    • Rear Bumper and Rear Bumper Extensions
    • Ad’ro/ARK “Legato” Rear Trunk Spoiler


  • Rockford Fosgate Complete PUNCH Premium Speaker System
  • AiM Sports MXG Digital Color Display
  • 2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport Steering Wheel
  • Custom Redesigned Dashboard with Integrated Multimedia Screen
  • Custom Carbon Fiber Dash, Center Armrest, and Door Inserts
  • Synapse Engineering Gauges
  • Custom Threaded Shifter

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 830 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Blue Link Connected Care provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services complimentary for one year with enrollment. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling.

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Hype: Mazda Will Reveal New KOERU Sports Car Concept In Tokyo.

Posted on 09.30.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


A while back the top brass at Mazda assured us that the rotary engine would never really go away.  Although, as time went on Mazda has yet to make anything with the prefix “RX” in front of it leading many to believe that perhaps the dream really was over.  However, we may have a new spark of hope in the form of Mazda’s new “KOERU” sports car concept that they are set to debut at the Tokyo Motor Show.

Mazda released this teaser image (sorry for the grain but we had to up-res the photo) late yesterday to get the speculation mill turning.  Mazda said that the aim of the KOERU sports car design was to create a “modern look” while “condensing Mazda’s sports car history” into its design.  While not very much of the car is visible in the teaser shot it is still easy to see what Mazda is talking about.  The KOERU’s main line and curves all give off a very classic almost Jaguar-esque feel.  Although the rear quarter panels and curves of the tail lights remind me very much of the legendary third-generation RX-7.  Either way, I very much like what I see so far and it also gives me hope that we’ll see this as a production car some day with a rotary under the hood.

I’ll explain my theory a bit: I realize that this is just a concept and its very possible that this car will never be produced and is simply a design exercise.  However, I’d like to note a few things before I’m called a conspiracy theorist.  First, in the last decade or so, pretty much every concept that Mazda released with the exception of the “Furai”, has become a production car.  So, that is what leads me to believe this car has a very good shot at production.  What makes me think that this could be the next rotary is the fact that Mazda will be displaying a 1967 Cosmo Sport 110S next to the KOERU.  For those of you who don’t know, the Cosmo is the first rotary powered sports car Mazda ever built.  Hmm, Mazda’s first rotary being displayed next to a new sports car concept that is meant to pay tribute to Mazda’s sports car history…  Seems to me that Mazda is dropping a big hint here!

In addition to the KOERU sports car concept and the Cosmo, Mazda will also have a few MX-5’s on display including a Global MX-5 Cup spec car, a MX-5 NR-A which is described as having “party one-make race accessories”, and a special needs MX-5 that features a full suite of Hand Controls for physically challenged who do not have use of their legs.  All together Mazda’s booth should be a pretty fun place to visit.

For more info you can check out Mazda’s sparse press release below.  What do you think of the KOERU sports car concept?  Do you think this will be Mazda’s next rotary powered car?  Or do you think Mazda is just horribly trolling us all?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.

Press Release:

Company highlighting driving joy with the slogan “Accelerate toward our dreams”

  • Tokyo Motor Show exhibit to feature Mazda KOERU, Cosmo Sport 110S and more


Hiroshima / Leverkusen, 30 September 2015. In another world premiere, Mazda will unveil a new sports car concept at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show, which opens its doors to the media on 28 October and the public from 30 October to 8 November.

Despite its modern look, Mazda’s latest creation clearly embodies the carmaker’s lineage. Designers strove to condense the company’s sports car history to as great a degree as possible into this concept. True to the theme of the carmaker’s stand – “Accelerate toward our dreams” – Mazda is also highlighting the brand’s unique approach to the joy of driving. A special motor-sport exhibition will feature two racing-spec Mazda MX-5s, while the fabled 1967 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S – the company’s first rotary powered mass-production model – compliments a display of Mazda’s convention-defying engineering legacy. The Mazda KOERU, a crossover SUV concept that debuted in Frankfurt in September, will be among the 14 models on hand at the Mazda stand alongside its award-winning model line-up featuring SKYACTIV Technology and KODO – Soul of Motion designs.

At SMART MOBILITY CITY, a regular feature of the Tokyo Motor Show, Mazda will showcase safety technologies such as its innovative human machine interface, omnidirectional sensing concept, and systems developed according to the Mazda Proactive Safety philosophy. The latter aims to enhance peace of mind and driving fun by helping drivers recognise potential hazards and exercise good judgment when operating the vehicle.

Mazda’s press conference takes place at 08:30 on 28 October.

Reference exhibits Mazda sports car concept model (world premiere)
Mazda KOERU (Japan premiere)*
Mazda MX-5 Global Cup racing spec model
Mazda MX-5 NR-A (with race accessories)**
Mazda MX-5 special needs vehicle with hand controls**
Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S (introduced in 1967)
Models currently available Mazda MX-5, Mazda CX-3, Mazda CX-5, Mazda6, Mazda2, Mazda3, Mazda Flair Wagon (with wheelchair ramp)**
Technology exhibits SKYACTIV-G 2.5, SKYACTIV-D 2.2, SKYACTIV-D 1.5

*  On display until 3 November.
** On display from 30 October.

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Hype Rumor: Is MoTeC Actually Going to Make A “System Exhaust”?!

Posted on 09.22.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Let’s face it, all us “cool kids” like to pretend we didn’t like the first Fast & Furious film but we actually love it.  Heck if you hate it you even love to hate it!  No matter what side of the fence you fall on its hard to the deny that the easiest way to get a bunch of people laughing at a car show is to throw out some quotes from the film.  There are gems like “I live my life a quarter-mile at a time” or “too soon junior!“, and “granny shifting not double clutching like you should.”  However, some of the favorites have to be the technically inaccurate bits like “tune the NOS timing, you’ll run nines” but I think by far one of the favorites was a line spoken by the late, great Paul Walker.

In the famous scene Walker’s character Brian was running down Race Wars competitor Hector’s spec list of various Honda parts then famously finished off with a “MoTeC system exhaust“.  While that wouldn’t mean much to most people, to car folk it was hilarious as we knew that MoTeC makes advanced ECUs.  MoTeC definitely does not make exhaust systems.  …Or do they? Hmm?

OK, allow me to explain.  We were scanning our instagram feed and we saw a post from MoTEC showcasing their mil-spec connector.  Being the opportunistic jerks we are, we saw an opportunity to once again drop the famous quote asking MoTeC when we will see a “system exhaust” and then added the hashtag #YouMustBeTiredOfThatJoke

Then something surprising happened.  MoTeC responded and were good sports about the joke.  However that wasn’t the surprising part.  MoTeC went on to say “we just might shock the world in the near future with a release we are working on related to that.”

Bwahhhh?!?! How freakin’ meta would that be??  MoTeC being inspired to actually make an exhaust because of the inaccurate system exhaust quote!? Mind blown!

Although it should be noted that this is far from any kind of official confirmation and for all we know they could have just been trolling us back for making the Fast & Furious joke.  Either way, this little exchange shows just how awesome MoTeC is and that despite being a big company that makes some of the most advanced components for purpose built race cars and military, they still have a sense of humor.


If you want to see the exchange for yourself we’ve embedded the instagram post below just click on it to see the comments.  If you want to save a click, just hit the thumbnail above for a screen shot.  What do you think?  Is MoTeC really going to make an exhaust related product? Or are they pulling our leg? Let us know what you think in the comments or you can tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.  Better yet, leave a comment on MoTeC’s instagram post!

Olive drab milspec goodness. #motecusa #racegrade #racesmart #onlythebest #milspecwiring

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Hype: Need For Speed No Limits Brings The Racing Game Reboot To Mobile (Video)

Posted on 09.17.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


The new Need For Speed reboot is still about a month and a half away (unless you’re going to play on PC) but that isn’t the only Need For Speed game coming out this year.   Need For Speed No Limits looks to take a similar experience to the console version of Need For Speed and put it on mobile devices.  The presentation seems to look very much like the console version but there will likely be different types of goals and game modes.  From the gameplay trailer (below) drifting will still be a part of the mobile version of Need For Speed along with a pretty extensive suite of aftermarket upgrades.

There is no exact release date yet but its expected to be available for iOS and Android before the end of the year.  I would be willing to guess sometime in November as that is when the Need For Speed console reboot will drop.  Check out the official gameplay trailer below and let us know what you think in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.

Need For Speed No Limits Gameplay Trailer:

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Hype: Honda Reveals Turbocharged 10th Generation Civic In LA.

Posted on 09.17.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

During an event at YouTube Spaces in Los Angeles last night Honda revealed the 10th generation Civic to a crowd of journalist and other industry figure heads…except us…we weren’t invited…sad face.  Anyway, we’ll forgive Honda (this time) merely because this new Civic has us so interested.  First things first: the 10th gen Civic is sporting a complete exterior re-design which seems to align more with the design language used on the current Honda Accord (at least in the front anyway).  The rear features what I like to call “bracket” taillights since they appear to bracket the reverse lights.

The sharp, downward-angled hip line certainly makes the new Civic look slightly aggressive.  The 10th gen Civic is actually 2 inches wider and 1 inch lower than the current model which also aids in accomplishing its sporty look.  However, the back feels like its screaming for a subtle trunk spoiler but other than that the new Civic looks pretty good overall.

The interior has gone up a few notches and has a touch more class than the 9th gen Civic interior.  The crown jewel of the cabin is a 7 inch touchscreen which is the hub for all of the 10th gen Civic’s infotainment.  The new system is also completely compatible with Android Auto and Apple Car Play as well so most cell phone users are covered.

The big story are the new engine options:  a 2.0 liter naturally aspirated iVTEC engine that will be offered with a 6 speed manual or a CVT automatic, and the marquee turbocharged 1.5 liter iVTEC engine that looks to be offered only with the CVT automatic which is a bit unfortunate but most likely done for efficiency.  Speaking of efficiency Honda claims that both engines are targeting fuel economy of 40 mpg and that the turbocharged variant will be the most powerful engine offered in a “non-Si Civic”.  While that might seem vague that is because Honda hasn’t released any horsepower or torque numbers for either of the two new engines.  We’ll have to wait a bit longer for that.

If you are underwhelmed by any of the engine news remember that the Type R is still to come and that is where Honda let their engineers run wild.  For now though, I think this new Civic is a nice improvement over the previous gen and I am really impressed with Honda for giving turbochargers a shot in America.

For a better look at the new Civic just click on the thumbnails for an HD resolution sized photo.  For more info check out the press release below.  What do you think about the new Civic?  How do you like its looks?  What do you think about the new engine options?  Let us know in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.

Press Release:

Two new powertrains, including first Honda turbo engine in U.S.

  • Available Honda Sensing™ technologies
  • Compatible with Apple CarPlay®, the smarter, simpler way to use your iPhone in the car
  • Also supports Android Auto™
  • New styling includes significant use of LED lighting
  • New platform and package yields largest cabin in compact class


Sep 16, 2015 – LOS ANGELES — Honda took to YouTube today to unveil an all-new, dynamically styled 10th-generation 2016 Civic Sedan, slated for sale in the U.S. this fall. With a more athletic stance and sportier driving position, the 2016 Civic Sedan is a new-from-the-ground-up design intended to recapture the sporty character of Civic while creating the world’s best compact car – setting a new benchmark in the mainstream compact class for fun-to-drive performance, safety performance and fuel efficiency, together with a new level of refinement.

The Civic Sedan is the first in a series of new 10th-generation Civic models that will include a sedan, coupe, high-performance Si models, a 5-door hatchback and the first-ever Civic Type-R model for the U.S. market, comprising the most diverse and innovative lineup in Civic’s 43-year history.

“This tenth-generation Civic is quite simply the most ambitious remake of Civic we’ve ever done,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co, Inc. “We are bringing more new technology and innovative thinking to Civic than ever before to establish a new benchmark for fun-to-drive performance, fuel efficiency, safety performance and refinement in the compact class.”

Backing up the new Civic’s dramatic and sporty design with new power and efficiency, for the first time the 2016 Civic will feature two all-new engines – including the first-ever application of Honda turbo engine technology in the U.S. These powerful and fuel-efficient new engines combine with a sophisticated new body and chassis design to deliver incredibly responsive and sporty performance with a higher level of ride refinement and class-leading fuel efficiency.

The 2016 Civic Sedan will be available with the Honda Sensing™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, including Collision Mitigation Braking, Road Departure Mitigation and, for the first time in a Honda, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow – bringing new value to the compact segment.

Further, the 2016 Civic lineup joins the freshened 2016 Accord in offering advanced smartphone integration with a new, 7-inch high-definition Display Audio touchscreen, offering tech-savvy customers a more advanced and intuitive connected-car experience.

Apple CarPlay® takes the things you want to do with your iPhone while driving and puts them right on your car’s built-in display. You can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music right from the touchscreen or by voice via Siri. Supported apps include Phone, Messages, Maps, Music and compatible third party apps. Apple CarPlay® is compatible with iOS 8.4 or later and iPhone 5 or later.

Android Auto™ was designed to give drivers a simple, intuitive way through touch and voice to minimize the potential for distraction so the driver can stay focused on the road. Compatible with Android 5.0 and higher, Android Auto features Google Maps, Google Now, messaging, music and numerous popular apps.

Sporty Civic Design
The dramatic and sporty new Civic design is grounded in its more athletic stance and low and wide proportions. Compared to the current model, the 2016 Civic Sedan is nearly 2 inches wider and 1 inch lower with a 1.2-inch longer wheelbase, featuring a more compact and sporty front overhang, a longer, more aggressively sculpted hood and fastback-style tail.

The taut and tidy proportions of the new Civic Sedan are complemented and accentuated by refined design details, including sleek and swept-back bodylines, a sharp and aggressive face and bulging wheel arches. The new Civic’s more premium compact sedan character is also highlighted by its available LED exterior lighting, including new Honda LED headlights (in-line type), LED daytime running lights (standard) and distinctive C-shaped LED taillights (also standard).

“The new Civic really is the embodiment of our global design team’s goal of styling a dramatic form that follows and speaks to the dynamic function of this ambitious redesign,” said Jarad Hall, Senior Exterior Designer and project leader of the Civic Sedan, Honda R&D Americas. “The low and wide proportions, with the wheels pushed to the outmost corners, emphasize the Civic’s dynamic handling prowess and give the car a crouched and muscular look, like a tiger ready to pounce.”

Two All-new Engines
The 2016 Civic Sedan will feature two all-new, more powerful and fuel-efficient engines. Civic Sedan LX and EX trims will be powered by a 2.0-liter, 16-valve, DOHC i-VTEC™ 4-cylinder – the most powerful base engine ever offered on Civic – mated to either a 6-speed manual (LX trim) or continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Civic Sedans in EX-T, EX-L trims and Touring trims will be powered by a 1.5-liter, direct-injected and turbocharged 16-valve DOHC inline-4, mated to a unique CVT, delivering a new level of responsiveness in this capacity class of turbocharged engine.

The new 1.5-liter powerplant is the first turbocharged engine on a U.S. Honda model and the most powerful engine ever offered on a non-Si Civic in America. Both engines will offer top-in-class performance and fuel efficiency, and are targeted to receive EPA highway fuel economy ratings in excess of 40 mpg. Additional powertrain details and specifications will be announced closer to launch.

Advanced and Sporty New Body and Chassis
The 2016 Civic will set a new standard for dynamic handling, steering, ride quality and cabin quietness in the compact class, courtesy of its all new platform, featuring the most rigid and tightly sealed body and the most sophisticated chassis in Civic history.

Advancing the sporty character of this all-new Civic is its more sporty driving position, with a one-inch lower hip point compared to the current car. The lower hip point is enabled by the new Civic’s lower floor and engine and its all-new suspension design. The new Civic chassis features a redesigned strut front suspension and a new multi-link rear suspension mounted to an ultra-rigid rear subframe.

Torsional rigidity of the new body is improved by 25 percent, aided in part by more intensive use of ultra-high-strength steel. Twelve percent of the unit body is made of ultra-high-strength steel, up from 1percent on the current model. Aerodynamic efficiency is improved by 12 percent to class-leading levels, in part through the use of full underbody covers—a Civic first. Despite its larger size, the new Civic unit body is 68 pounds lighter than before, while new body-sealing techniques result in a 58-percent reduction in cabin air leaks. Class-leading cabin quietness is further improved by the use of premium noise-reducing features, including a flush-mounted acoustic glass windshield, a more tightly sealed engine compartment and triple-sealed doors.

To achieve the Civic development team’s high targets for dynamic performance and refined ride quality, the new Civic Sedan utilizes hydraulic compliance bushings, a technology typically reserved for more expensive vehicles, aiding the isolation of road vibration. Additional new chassis technologies include variable gear ratio steering, beefier front and rear stabilizer bars and standard 4-wheel disc brakes, along with the application of new Agile Handling Assist brake-torque vectoring technology for more precise and agile cornering.

Spacious, Sophisticated and Advanced Cabin
The new Civic interior is designed to offer the most comfortable, sophisticated and premium-feeling cabin in the compact class. An additional 3.7 cubic feet of interior space translates into the largest cabin in the compact segment with 2 inches of added rear-seat legroom versus the outgoing model. In front, new ultra-thin front roof pillars enable class-leading forward visibility; and at the rear, trunk space has been increased by 2.6 cubic feet with a lower liftover height, larger opening and wider and taller cargo area. Civic Sedan EX and above trims will feature a 60/40 split and folding rear seat.

The 2016 Civic Sedan offers customers more premium features than ever before. New standard equipment includes automatic climate control – dual-zone on EX-L and higher trims; auto-up/down front power windows; an electronic parking brake with Brake Hold; Walk-Away auto door locks and an adjustable driver’s seat thigh support with 14 degrees of tilt (EX-L and above). All Civic Sedan models also feature a larger, reconfigurable new center console with up to 7.2 liters of secure storage space, approaching SUV levels of console utility.

The new Civic interior strikes a more premium tone with high-quality materials and high-contrast finishes. These include a new one-piece, soft-touch instrumental panel with molded stitching; more premium seat fabrics; a new full-color TFT center meter (EX and above trims); a center console with piano black finish and high-contrast sliver bezel; door inserts with live stitching; an LED shift indicator and LED overhead lighting; and for EX and higher trims, a leather shift boot. Upper grades offer even more premium features, including an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat, 4-way power front passenger’s seat, heated front and rear seats and heated side mirrors.

Civic Manufacturing
Civic Sedans for the North American market will be produced at the company’s Greensburg, Indiana and Alliston, Ontario, Canada auto plants. The new Civic’s 2.0-liter and 1.5-liter turbo engines will be manufactured in Anna, Ohio, and the vehicle’s two automatic transmissions (CVTs) will be sourced from Honda plants in Russells Point, Ohio, and Celaya, Mexico.

The new Civic utilizes numerous new manufacturing processes and technologies to advance quality, efficiency and fun-to-drive performance – the result of new investment in Honda automobile and engine plants in North America. This includes the addition of the company’s innovative new inner-frame weld body construction process in both Indiana and Canada, a system first utilized for production of the 2015 Honda Fit. This new general weld system creates a more lightweight, rigid and strong body structure that helps enable the Civic’s class-leading fuel efficiency, outstanding safety performance and fun-to-drive experience.

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